So check this out, there’s this Nicaraguan rapper from the Bay named Deuce Eclipse
. I’d heard he’s known for his sick performances on tour with Zion I
, but I hadn’t listened to any recorded stuff. A friend showed me his myspace page
, which had some really cool samples, so I went out and got his newest album The Radio Plantation
. This guy has really got my attention—his style is unlike any other rapper I can think of, and the album’s sound (which he calls “Freedom Style” or “Oywalk Music”) is really fresh. Here’s a few of the tracks that stood out for me:
[MP3] Deuce Eclipse – Won’t Forget
“Everybody let me introduce / a little music, let it get inside of you.” That’s a really tight line, and luckily it’s not even the best part of the song. Horns, pounding bass, and lyrics that flow like water make up a really great start to the album. I’m guessing that if you feel this song, you’ll definitely love the rest.
[MP3] Deuce Eclipse – Wake Up
I don’t know why, but it’s like whenever an artist does a song called Wake Up, it’s awesome (The Arcade Fire, Rage Against The Machine, etc.). Deuce’s Wake Up is definitely not an exception—the beat is so f%#!in’ catchy, and it kinda reminds me of this Gang Starr remix of a Macy Gray song: [MP3]
[MP3] Deuce Eclipse – Wise Men
Rap music, especially in the mainstream media, gets ripped apart for being too materialistic and violent. But that really pisses me off because there is so much great spiritually and musically strong hip-hop that rarely ever gets mentioned when the music is scrutinized on a national level. With songs like this one by Deuce Eclipse, I see no reason to knock down a genre that is so powerful, real, and lyrically beautiful because of the supposed “shallowness” of hip-hop artists who succeed commercially. (Editor’s note: right on, bruva!)
By the way, if anyone has any news, music, or any cool info about Deuce, feel free to post it here and share with the rest of us. Hope you enjoy the songs!